April Jones, the 5-year-old girl missing from her home in Wales since Monday has not been found. Today however, Mark Bridger, the man suspected of abducting April, who had been helping police with their inquiries, has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.
From day one this has been a strange case. It was unusual for the police to name Bridger three days ago when he was being investigated for allegedly abducting April. You have to assume that the police leading the investigation had more than "gut instinct" to go on. Naming a suspect early in an investigation can jeopardise a fair trial and a just outcome. Whoever is responsible for the disappearance of April must pay.
You have to feel for April's family, especially her parents. They appear to be a family with a wide range of challenges on a daily basis. Now that the police have arrested Bridger on suspicion of murder her parents must be distraught.
They are being supported by specialist teams but that will not bring their little girl home safe. They do however need to know where April is and what has happened to her. Living in a state of limbo, with no firm evidence where April went, is no way to live.
The latest news is that Bridger attended the same school parent's evening as April's parents just hours before the little girl vanished. Police have now issued a statement stating that they do not want any more volunteers swelling the number of people searching. They have asked that members of the public now leave it to the professionals. It is no longer a "rescue" mission but a recovery one.
Searches have centered on a local river. At least two witnesses have reported seeing a man carrying a full looking black bin liner down the river bank and disposing of it in the river.
Thoughts remain with the family and people of Machynlleth